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Old 07-09-2008, 12:11 PM   #1
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cord to my heating pad got ripped out from its circuit board..any help?


the heating pad cord connects to a circuit board which sets the low medium or high heat, etc. the 2 wires( i assume its copper) connects to these two nodes that are soldered onto the circuit board. I was wondering if anyone can help me with a quick fix. A soldering iron is cheaper than a new heating pad plus i would learn something along the way. Is this the right forum? Or can someone point me in the right direction? here is a pic of what im talking about.
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Looks like the wires were crimped to the lugs, and lugs attached to the board using eyelets, which were secured using a punch type tool. Finally, the whole thing was soldered to make a good electrical connection.

I am willing to bet that the wires used in the cord will not solder easily, and that you must replace the lugs. You will need a crimping tool and a punch tool to attach the wires to the lugs, and the lugs to the PC board.

Since the lugs are attached to the PC board using a rivet-like eyelet, you may have some trouble getting the old ones out without damaging the board.
I have had to drill such eyelets out.

It is possible that the cost of a new heating pad is low enough that such an operation is not worth the trouble.

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Old 07-09-2008, 02:43 PM   #3
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Although you could replace the lugs with some work, your replacement constitutes a modification of a UL listed (or similar agency) electrical product. Modifications or repairs can present a fire hazard, and are always discouraged. You might use a different solder than you should, for instance.

A new heating pad is less than $20. Given the nature of the use of the product, and its proximity to your body and bedding, I'd advocate replacement not repair.
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Although you could replace the lugs with some work, your replacement constitutes a modification of a UL listed (or similar agency) electrical product. Modifications or repairs can present a fire hazard, and are always discouraged. You might use a different solder than you should, for instance.

A new heating pad is less than $20. Given the nature of the use of the product, and its proximity to your body and bedding, I'd advocate replacement not repair.
I strongly agree. Think of your safety (or that of a family member) first.

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Thanks for the quick replies. After reading that, it look is a lot more complicated than I thought. The heating pad actually cost over $30. It was a really good one. But with all that extra work, and the hazards, I will just buy a new one!
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id try soldering it. It may not come out as strong as it used to be, but it should work
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If you never soldered before, your connection is going to be pretty ugly. Can you order a new controller?
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It may not come out as strong as it used to be, but it should work
And if it doesn't, its not like it will cause a spark, fire, or shock....Wait.... Oh yeah, it will.
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well it obviously can get ripped out from the factory so hes probably better off just not buying one at all

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